Inspired by recent true events, the all-original stories in Witnesses for the Dead are set in motion by the act of witnessing. The characters who populate these pages are not themselves the perpetrators of the crimes they see, but as they grapple with what to do—take action or retreat into the shadows—their lives are indelibly changed.
In “Envy” by Christopher Chambers, a sweet, shy wallflower looks on as something horrific happens in his neighborhood—revealing something horrific about himself. Agatha Award–winner Richie Narvaez’s “The Gardener of Roses” sees a Puertorriqueña college student on the run from the FBI for her accidental involvement in a “terrorist” plot. Anthony Award–winner Gary Phillips confronts police corruption in “Spiders and Fly.” And the protagonist of “A Family Matter” by IPPY Award–winner Sarah M. Chen investigates the murder of a stranger, leading her to question the political structure of Taiwan entirely. Other stories feature a brothel, the film industry, immigrant detention centers at the Mexico-US border, World War II–torn France, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories are incisive, unflinching, wry, dark, and, in some cases, terrifying. You’ll ask yourself: If I saw what they saw, what would I do?
Edited by Anthony Award–winner Gary Phillips and Shamus Award–winner Gar Anthony Haywood, the collection includes contributions from NAACP Image Award–winner Pamela Samuels Young, New York Times bestsellers Cara Black and Tod Goldberg, Edgar Award–winner SJ Rozan, Agatha Award–winner Richie Narvaez, and more.
|Publisher:||Soho Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Gar Anthony Haywood is the Shamus and Anthony Award–winning author of fourteen novels, including the Aaron Gunner private eye series and Joe and Dottie Loudermilk mysteries. His short fiction has been included in the Best American Mystery Stories anthologies and he has written for network television and both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He and his wife, Donna, make their home in Denver, Colorado.
Table of Contents
Death at the Sundial Motel Aaron Philip Clark 5
The Gardener of Roses Richie Narvaez 32
Envy Christopher Chambers 52
Star Witness Darrell James 69
Code Name Pénélope Cara Black 100
The Killing at Joshua Lake Scott Adlerberg 118
Post-Game Alex Segura 143
Spiders and Fly Gary Phillips 157
A Family Matter Sarah M. Chen 174
Havana Caliente Teresa Dovalpage 203
Fatal Assumptions Pamela Samuels Young 223
On Gossamer Wings Gar Anthony Haywood 241
This Night in Question Tod Goldberg 264
Pearl Joy SJ Rozan 285
About the Editors 297
About the Contributors 299